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Over 380,000 policemen on duty to ensure security at RF elections

March 04, 2012, 7:45 UTC+3

The Russian police have taken all necessary measures to ensure security at Russian presidential elections

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MOSCOW, March 4 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian police have taken all necessary measures to ensure security at Russian presidential elections.

Over 380,000 policemen ensure the law and order on the Election Day, over 29,000 voluntary patrolmen and 30,800 officers of the private security agencies will help the police, Russian First Deputy Interior Minister Lieut. Gen. Alexander Gorovoy said on Saturday.

More than 32,000 policemen will focus on the measures to ensure security in the republics of the North Caucasus.

All 94,332 polling stations were searched through by police dog handlers with sniffer dogs and by special technical means a day before the voting. After the inspection round-the-clock police posts were placed at the polling stations. The police posts will be relieved only after the ballot papers are taken from the polling stations. The metal detectors are used for the security of voting.

The video monitoring cameras will help to ensure the law and order and fix any offences during the voting.

The first deputy interior minister also noted that the police passed special training courses before the elections.

“The policemen were reminded once again of the main legislative rules, which regulate the procedure of the elections, and instructed about the schemes of actions in case of emergency situations,” Gorovoy said.

The round-the-clock hotline works in the Interior Ministry since February 27 for the timely response and urgent examination of the reports from people. The police ask to call the hotline 8(495)667-77-89 or write messages to the email address in case of any violations committed in the canvassing and voting.

The information about any offences found on the Election Day will be transmitted to the operational headquarters of the Interior Ministry.

Over 17,500 policemen, including 8,200 road policemen and 9,400 servicemen of the Interior Troops, officers of territorial police departments, policemen from the departmental police department of the Transport Ministry, the air security service will ensure security at transport facilities on the Election Day, a source in the main transport department of the Russian Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass. Police special task forces will be engaged to build up the security at particularly important and life-supporting facilities.

The police patrols in the trains are informed about the places of polling stations at the railway stations and are ready to help the passengers in the voting during their travel.

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